[vc_row css=”.vc_custom_1471633008692{margin-top: 10px !important;padding-top: 0px !important;padding-bottom: 0px !important;}”][vc_column css=”.vc_custom_1471632072516{margin-top: 0px !important;margin-bottom: 0px !important;padding-top: 0px !important;padding-bottom: 0px !important;}”][vc_column_text el_class=”text-left”]There are so many benefits of “getting dirty” by gardening. Did you know….dirt builds our immune system? Gardening also lowers our blood pressure, lifts our spirits, and gives us a better night’s rest. When we grow our own fruit and vegetables, we know where our food comes from. Gardening keeps our minds and bodies active. A well landscaped home increases its value. Finally, gardening connects us with other people. Gardeners are some of the nicest people I know.

The Dunnville Horticultural Society (DHS) offers monthly meetings (Sept.-June), free and open to everyone, for members and non-members alike. Join us at the Optimist Hall, 101 Main St. W., Dunnville from 7-9pm on Thursday, June 16. Guest Frank Kershaw from Etobicoke is speaking on “Recycled and Repurposed Garden Art.” An award-winning horticulturist with more than 40 years experience in parks, environmental, and horticultural fields, Frank teaches, appears in garden magazines and TV shows. Frank is constantly researching new plant and design topics.

The DHS doesn’t meet in July and August but we do offer two amazing events: Sunday, July 10, 10 am -4 pm “Garden Tours” for DHS members. Free, self-directed tours of 8 members’ gardens set in beautiful Haldimand County will be available. Bring a picnic lunch to enjoy in one of the lovely gardens. Beverages will be provided. If you aren’t a member, you can buy a membership at the first garden for $10/single or $15 couple.

“Botanical Gardens and Winery Tour” on Saturday, August 13, 9 am -3 pm for DHS members. Cost is $50/person and tickets are available from Deb Zynomirski, Vice President at (905) 774-8453. Non-members are welcome with a membership. A coach and driver from Attridge Transportation will to take us to Niagara Parks Botanical Gardens, then on a tour of three distinguished wineries of the region: Reif Estate Winery, Southbrook Vineyards and Konzelmann Estate Winery.

For more information about any of these events, call Debbie Thomas, President at (905) 774-3064.[/vc_column_text][vc_column_text el_class=”text-primary text-left”]Sandi Marr, DHS Reporting Secretary.
Sandi welcomes your questions and ideas for future gardening columns.

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